LIFE Aftercare is a program designed to assist youth ages 17-21 in making the transition out of foster care to independent living. While PAL teaches youth about life skills, the LIFE Aftercare program assists youth in completing tasks. Many youths leaving foster care may not have a family to give them guidance and support as they move toward becoming an adult. The LIFE Case Manager is available 24-hours a day to provide emotional support and guidance, along with helping find housing and jobs, providing emergency funds for food, utilities, etc. Aftercare is available for youth that has aged out of foster care and is available in every county in Texas.
The LIFE Aftercare program provides intense and proactive case management. Case managers develop individualized transition plans with each youth outlining their goals. Case managers will match the intensity of each youth and provide as much assistance as possible, provided the youth is working the program. Aftercare Case Managers take a proactive approach with clients and try to prepare them to successfully handle future situations, rather than waiting for crises to occur. The program is designed to be a tool to help youth learn how to be successful in achieving independence.
LIFE Aftercare Can Assist in the Following Areas:
Direct youth to appropriate community resources
Inform youth about benefits and how to access them
Assistance with completing applications (housing, jobs, college, vocational programs, etc.)
Assistance with accessing funds for higher education
Teaching life skills and preparing youth for adulthood
Assisting youth with problem solving and self-improvement
Reminding youth about important deadlines (i.e. filing taxes, applying for college, etc.)
Providing emergency funds for room and board and other unexpected financial hardships
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